Check out this great MSN video – HDM: Remembering Beau Berglund

Check out this great MSN video – HDM: Remembering Beau Berglund.

Sandstone Ice Festival to be featured on Life to the Max TV Show

Residents of warmer climates often question the sanity of those of us who make this state our home during the frigid winter season.  For many Minnesotans, braving the elements is a source of pride!  This week, adventure host Dan Monskey visits the 9th annual Ice Festival in nearby Sandstone, Minn. – a gathering of kindred spirits who share a love of all things cold.  This vibrant festival celebrates the best of winter adventure sports from ice climbing to skinny skiing, winter camping and snow shoeing.  Hear about the history of the festival and how it led to a partnership with the MN Climbers Association and the creation of an ice park for climbers.  Join Dan and his crew as they put pick to ice and explore the beautiful chandeliers of ice.  It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen!  Tune in on WCCO Channel 4 at 11:05 p.m. this Saturday!

Today: Point in Time Count of Homelessness

Today is Central Minnesota’s Point In Time Count – the “Count” is an effort to count all individuals experiencing homelessness.

Minnesota’s definition of homelessness:    A household, individual or unaccompanied homeless youth lacking a fixed, adequate night time residence (includes doubled up).

To access the survey please click on the following link:

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please do not hesitate to call:

Jennifer Erdmann
Youth Host Home Program Coordinator
Community Services Advocate
Youth Specialist
Lakes & Pines Community Action
1700 Maple Avenue East
Mora, MN  55051
800-832-6082 *320-679-1800 Ext. 162
320-679-4139 Fax
763-742-0763 Cell


For two days, area dentists provide free care

Appointments are now being taken for children in need to receive free dental care next month in conjunction with “Give Kids A Smile”, a charitable event held by the Minnesota Dental Association.  The free dental work will be done at two area clinics on Feb. 7-8.

Across Minnesota, dentists will provide care to some 6,000 children at over 200 dental clinics.  Since the program began, the Gopher State’s dentists have provided free care to approximately 50,000 young people and donated more than $15 million in services.

Recipients must be 18 years or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; and advance appointments are required.  More info at:

Participating Dentists in the Greater Pine City Area:

Oak Park Dental
Address: 505 Johnson Ave SE, Pine City, MN 55063
Phone: 320-629-2282
For directions visit:
Event date: 2/7/2014
Office opens at: 8:00 AM
Office closes at: 4:00 PM
Services: Exams, cleanings, fluoride varnishes, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, stainless steel crowns.
Soft Dental
Address: 1220 West 3rd Street, Rush City, MN 55069
Phone: 320-358-4733
For directions visit:
Event date: 2/8/2014
Office opens at: 8:00 AM
Office closes at: 1:00 PM
Services: Exams, cleanings, radiographs, fluoride varnish, limited emergencies.

Ride the bus for free!

Arrowhead Transit offers FREE SATURDAYS this month
Arrowhead Transit has been providing Dial-A-Ride services in the Pine City area for the last few years and 2014 brings a few changes.
Arrowhead Transit began offering Saturday service late last fall, but hopes to increase the awareness of the service by offering a special promotion.  Enjoy FREE Saturdays on January 25th and February 1st in Pine City.
Pine City Dial-a-ride hours:  Monday through Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturdays 9am – 5pm.  $1.00 per ride OR $20 for an unlimited monthly pass.
Dial-A-Ride 800-862-0175 option 3

The discoveries of Joe Neubauer shared in Superior, Wis.

David Peterson will present his tribute to Joseph Neubauer.  Joseph was an influential avocational archaeologist from Pine City Township who had a life long passion for history and archaeology and made numerous contributions to both fields.  Dave Peterson was a longtime friend and has consented to present his program in honor of Joe.  The program is sponsored by the Northern Lakes Archaeological Society.  Everyone is welcome.

Admission Information: free

Location: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI 54880

Rep. Tim Faust holds town hall meeting Jan. 22

Wednesday, Jan. 22, the Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs will be in Hinckley to talk with local workers.  Rep. Tim Faust (DFL-Cloverdale) will be there to talk with members of the committee and listen to concerns and ideas about work experiences.

“Even as Minnesota’s economy continues to improve overall, we know there are parts of the state that have not seen the same type of recovery,” said Faust, in his legislative update announcing the forum.

The skinny:

Town Hall Meeting 
10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22
Local 49 Training Center
40276 Fishtail Road
Hinckley, MN 55037

Mom’s pancakes were simply the best; recipe shared

For many in Pine City and beyond, it was a very sad day when Mom’s Hometown Cafe, located at 223 5th Street SE in the town square, closed its doors for good.  It is not that people aren’t excited about what took its place (J.T. Parkside, a Bridgeman’s ice cream retailer, with an ample selection of sweets and candies as well as made-from-scratch baklava).  We wish J.T. Parkside much success!  But, back to Mom’s.  What made it so fantastic for so many were the pancakes… Those yummy, thick griddle cakes with the amazing dough flavor, and golden, crispy edges.

Mom's CafeOh, how the butter and syrup would amplify the taste, and the flavors of the month were so delicious, whether filled with plump blueberries, chunks of cinnamon-brushed apples and walnuts, or simply dark chocolate chips.

In fact, they were so good, on their trip from London, Brits Beth Peach and Lisa Van den Berghe expressed that they were the most delicious pancakes they had ever tasted.  You see, in Britain pancakes are most often made without a raising agent, similar to crêpes… These gals had never had a bona fide American pancake.  Granted, Brits have an affinity toward their pancakes:  They even celebrate a Pancake Day each year, known as “Shrove Tuesday”, held the Tuesday before Lent.

Mom’s did something terrific this week, as a gift to the community:  They shared their beloved, close-held pancake recipe for all of us to enjoy for years to come.  Mom’s pancakes will live on, thank goodness, even though the restaurant did not.  Thank you, Mom’s!Mom's cafe pancakes